Can Amy build it? Yes she can!
By JENNIFER MORRIS
North Kitsap Herald Reporter
June 10, 2008 · Updated 4:03 PM
Newly crowned Miss Poulsbo brings
volunteer army to Habitat for Humanity.
POULSBO Forget the sash and crown, Miss Poulsbo Amy Stadshaug is trading in both for a hammer and a hard hat. Just for a day, that is.
This Sunday, Stadshaug and friends, family, fellow title holders and pageant committee members who call themselves Amys Army will get their hands dirty in support of Habitat for Humanitys National Women Build Week. The fierce force is headed to New Hope in Bremerton to be part of an effort that will help earn Habitats Kitsap branch a $5,000 grant from Lowes.
Habitat for Humanity was Stadshaugs running platform during her reign as Miss Kitsap in 2004. In 2006, she traveled with the organization to help in post-Hurricane Katrina Louisiana. Since, shes stayed with the program, and is once again bringing it royalty power with her newly nabbed Miss Poulsbo title.
Now just a month after being crowned, Stadshaug said over coffee Wednesday shes had a busy and exciting schedule on her plate including the christening of the Miss Poulsbo Special at Wild Horse BBQ, a scrumptious platter coined just for her.
Im still thrilled, she said of her win in March. So far, the mass of community support has been a promising sign for the year ahead.
The 23-year-old Kitsap native graduated from the University of Washington last June. Shes now the 54th Miss Poulsbo in the towns history. Along with her crown, shes balancing a new job and her Habitat work with preparations for the Miss Washington competition at Tacomas Pantages Theater in July. The winner of that contest advances to the Miss America pageant.
But none of it seems to phase her. Instead, the value of the Miss Poulsbo/Miss Kitsap program is something shes eager to share.
Stadshaug said the programs transformative benefits have opened all kinds of doors for her future. Her year as Miss Kitsap was a valuable one, and now she cant wait to glean more from her experiences as Miss Poulsbo.
I wouldnt be where I am today without the doors (the program) has opened for me, she said. I cant fathom what this years preparation and this year will bring me.
She said shes become a life-long advocate for the program, and a true testimony of the impact it can have on a young womans life.
Now shes redirecting her Miss Kitsap know-how to her role as Miss Poulsbo, an opportunity she said is especially unique.
Its a different feeling to be Miss Poulsbo, she said. Its more than just a crown to me, more than just a title.
What it is is the chance to represent her family, heritage and community to give back, she said. Though she grew up in Central Kitsap, her great great-grandparents came from Norway to settle in Poulsbo, and much of her family has lived there. Its a place she said shes fond of, as she spent a lot of time there growing up.
Aside from her Nordic heritage, Stadshaug also came into a love for cars, thanks, she says, to her parents.
Ive grown up with Mustangs, were a Mustang family, she said. Now, she cruises in a black 2007 Mustang.
But on a more serious note, its her familys support, not the material things, she said has been the most invaluable of all.
I dont think I could have done as much, have gone as far in this program, without the support of my family and friends, she said. I feel very blessed to be where I am today.Contact North Kitsap Herald Reporter Jennifer Morris at email@example.com or 360-779-4464.